WordPress 3.4 released

WordPress have just released their latest version, 3.4.


  • Enhanced theme control
    • Customize theme options before activating a new theme using Theme Customizer
    • Use Theme Previewer to customize current theme without changing the front-end design
  • Custom Headers
    • Improved Custom Headers with flexible sizes
    • Selecting Custom Header Images and Custom Background Images from Media Library Screen
  • Media improvements
    • Support HTML in image captions
    • Add Twitter.com as an oEmbed providers
  • Under the Hood improvements
    • Improvements in WordPress internationalization and localization (more info)
    • Different split in translation POT files for faster translations
    • Codex XML-RPC information update accessed via XML-RPC_WordPress_API
    • WP_Query improvements

Quick thoughts

It’s not a huge update, but the more I look at it there’s a number of things which are really nice. The theme support for backgrounds and headers is actually a big boon to developers wanting to give their clients a little more control.

I’m also really happy to see that image embeds include HTML captions, as well as the Twitter oEmbed functionality.